Master of Science inNursing

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

This course of study focuses on client-centered clinical practice, and prepares nurses to respond to the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s health care consumers, to manage direct care based on advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning, to incorporate health promotion and disease prevention interventions into health care delivery, and to recognize their potential for professional growth, responsibility and autonomy.

Successful completion of the family nurse practitioner program qualifies students to sit for national certifying examinations for family nurse practitioner, making them eligible under Washington State law for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) licensure.

Traditional MSN students may apply directly to the family nurse practitioner program. However, Entry-Level MSN applicants are not eligible for direct entry. Please see the ELMSN page for details.

Nurse Practitioner Roles

A nurse practitioner (NP) is one of four categories of advanced practice nurse. Additional APRN roles include the nurse anesthetist (CRNA), nurse midwife (CNM), and clinical nurse specialist (CNS). These nurses have received masters level detailed training beyond that required for RN licensure, and in a specific area of focus.  To become licensed/certified to practice, nurse practitioners hold national board certification in an area of specialty (such as family, women's health, pediatrics, adult, acute care, etc.), and are licensed or certified through the state nursing boards rather than medical boards. 

Nurse practitioners may practice independently, or they may work as clinicians in hospitals, long-term care facilities or for various health care agencies.  Nurse practitioners may diagnose and treat a wide range of acute and chronic illnesses and injuries, interpret lab results, counsel patients, develop treatment plans, as well as prescribe medication.  The core philosophy of the field is individualized care. Nurse practitioners focus on patients' conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of the patients and their families.

To learn more about the MSN FNP roles, click here.

Program Length and Term of Entry

24 months, not including the prerequisite course work . A minimum of 46 credits are required for the MSN FNP program; Students will be presented a program plan outlining their individual program of study at the time of admission. To assist you with planning, please note the following information about typical start-times and program length:

  • Summer start (mid-June): MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
    Typically these programs run over seven terms: Summer, Fall, January, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Spring. The application priority deadline is November 15.

Program Schedule--Designed for the working RN

The MSN program is designed for the working nurse, with most working on average a 0.5-0.8 FTE while enrolled in this traditional, on-campus program. Classes are typically Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, plus additional hours for practicums. None of the classes are offered online. Clinical experiences are usually during the day or evening shift, depending on preceptorship requirements (which are heavier toward the end of the program).


  • Please click here to see the MSN/FNP curriculum and course descriptions.


  • Please click here to see MSN/FNP tuition and expected fees for 2013.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Please click here to see scholarship and financial aid opportunities for MSN/FNP applicants.

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